The only bilingual Chinese-English Newspaper in New England Vol. XXXX March 11- 24, 2011
Beloved bakery owner shares her story By Alissa Greenberg
Taiwanese-American Joanne Chang is a Harvard College graduate. (Photo by Alissa Greenberg)
Sticky buns aglow with a patina of sugar; cookies stuffed with raisins and chocolate chips; rich, fudgy brownies; croissants, flaky and golden: these are the treasures to be discovered at the Flour Bakery, the brainchild of Taiwanese-American Joanne Chang, who found much of her inspiration for the Bostonian bakery phenomenon in her sweets-free childhood. “I didn’t grow up with pastry,” she told a full house at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)recently. “It was a big deal when my mom took out oranges after dinner.” She paused to take a sip of tea, her throat scratchy from laryngitis. (“I didn’t want to cancel!” she insisted.) “On the most special occasions they would put out mooncakes, and I would say, ‘Gross. Mom, this is not dessert.’” There was a ripple of laughing recognition from the audience. Chang was visiting BCNC to give a talk on her Asian American upbringing and the unconventional path she took to become a bakery maven, as well as to promote her new cookbook, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Café (available now from Chronicle Books.) The popular event, part of BCNC’s Sunshine Saturdays and co-sponsored by the Asian American Resource Workshop, found Chang dressed in chef’s whites giving a casual talk and then briefly taking questions. Taking another sip of tea and gathering her remaining voice, she shared a memory of an important night in
A conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen
Gish Jen (left) and Maxine Hong Kingston at Suffolk University. (Photo by Cody Yiu)
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Spiritual leader by day, basketball captain by night Thirty years of community basketball
Hong Kong: Growing market for American business
General Manager of Cathay Bank Johnny Ip and Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Anita Chan Celebrate an Evening Reception with Friends of Hong Kong. (Photo by Natalie Ornell) By Natalie Ornell Members of the Tuesday Night basketball at gather together for a photo to celebrate Pastor Steven Chin's (center) 60th birthday. (Photo by Kye Liang) By Kye Liang Every Tuesday night, the Josiah Quincy School gym pulsates with the sound of basketballs. Thump, thump, thump. The monotone is broken by the occasional swish of the net as the ball goes through. More often than not, the ball either misses completely or clangs off the rim. “I tell people, I haven’t lost much of my basketball skills over the years because I never played at a high level to begin with,” laughs Steven Chin. Chin recently celebrated his 60th birthday but despite his age he is still here tonight for Tuesday Night basketball as people call it. He
has been here since the beginning in 1979 when a group of friends from the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (BCEC) started playing pick-up basketball games. Over the years, Tuesday night basketball has evolved from a small group to being an open gym for anyone to join and is willing to share in the nominal cost of the gym rental. This openness extends across race, gender, and age. The players who come to the gym are mostly Chinese American, but white and black players have joined over the years. On a typical night, there are 12 to 18 people and the games are all full-court. Often, one would find high school age students playing alongside other players who SEE LEADER PAGE 4 SAMPAN/Asian American Civic Association 87 Tyler Street Boston, MA 02111 Change Service Requested
The Hong Kong government and Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts (HKAMA) co-hosted a reception in celebration of The Year of the Rabbit, bringing together those with an affiliation and interest in Hong Kong. Under the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Julia Leung spoke in place of Guest of Honor Hong Kong Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor K.C. Chan. Chan could not attend “due to unforeseen official commitments,” according to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. U.S. Hong Kong Commissioner Donald Tong offered brief opening remarks about Hong Kong’s current economic situation before Leung updated guests on Hong Kong’s financial markets. Tong expects Hong Kong’s SEE HONG KONG PAGE 2 NONPROFIT ORG PERMIT NO. 54358 BOSTON, MA
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9th Annual Boston International Film Festival
The 9th Annual Boston International Film Festival will be held from April 15 through April 24 at the AMC/Loews Theater, 175 Tremont St. in Boston Common. This year we will be screening over 100 short and feature films from 30 countries at the AMC/Loews Theater, 175 Tremont St. in ACDC designated as HUD-approved Boston Common. Opening and closing night housing counseling agency Gala Parties following the screenings are the highlights of the festival, but red carpet The Asian Community Development affairs, special parties and panel discussions Corporation (ACDC) has been approved by are held throughout the entire event. The the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban winners of this year’s awards are announced Development (HUD) as a Housing Counseling at the theatre following the last screening. Agency. HUD-approved agencies meet strinTickets will soon be available for purgent standards for trained and experienced chase, either on our website, at the AMC/ staff, counseling practices, and recordkeepLoews Theater or at the BIFF office. For ing, and are committed to serving any and all more information on ticket sales, schedules, clients in need of housing counseling or hoetc please visit www.bifilmfestival.com or meownership assistance. As a HUD-approved call 617 482 – 3900 Housing Counseling Agency, ACDC has met the criteria set forth by HUD to provide pre-purchase homebuyer workshops, preHONG KONG, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 economy to grow by 4-5% this year and looks forward to “strengthening ties” between Hong Kong and Massachusetts in the “Year of the Rabbit.” Hong Kong is the twelfth largest export destination for the United States. The U.S. is Hong Kong’s second largest trading partner with “over 1,200 companies in Hong Kong,” making it Hong Kong’s “largest source of overseas business”. In Massachusetts, Hong Kong is the tenth largest export destination and according to Tong, Massachusetts exports increased by 26% since 2009. Leung elaborated on Hong Kong’s surplus budget of 30 billion Hong Kong dollars, equivalent to 4% of GDP last year. The total revenue for the 2010-11 financial year reached 374.8 billion, which is 82.2 billion higher than the original estimate. With this kind of surplus budget, there will be more room for spending on areas like education, health care, and social welfare. Leung also added that Hong Kong’s accumulated surplus constitutes more than 30% of GDP. Leung noted concerns over inflation and excessive bank-lending before discussing the rise of China and the growth of the Renminbi. Leung “personally” believes that Hong Kong’s current course of action will lead to a “market-based exchange rate
CNC approves of Hayward Place new developments
system.” Guests included financial executives, local politicians, professors, entrepreneurs, and members of the Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts. Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Anita Chan mingled with guests during the reception which took place at the Downtown Harvard Club on March 3rd. CEO and Founder of Solar Engineering Solutions, Mike Lee, an MIT graduate from China, wants to expand his solar air conditioner company into Hong Kong. Lee already has a manufacturing partner in Mainland China, so he is interested in importing and exporting out of Hong Kong. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloane School of Management’s Professor Dr. Graham Rong attended as a “longtime friend of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.” “I see big opportunities for Hong Kong business” Rong said, adding that Hong Kong is a “buffer zone” between Chinese and Western cultures. He noted that a lot of people are going back to Hong Kong and that Hong Kong presents “good opportunities for people with a Western education.” Natalie Ornell is a Sampan correspondent.
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South Cove Chinatown Neighborhood Council held their monthly meeting on February 22, 2011. The main topic of discussion revolved around Hayward Place. Christine Dunn, a representative from the Millennium-Partners Boston, announced a few modifications to the former sketch of Hayward Place. The newly proposed plan consists of 15 floors 14 residential floors and 1 retail floor. The previous diagram was envisioned to have 14 floors and the changes were made possible by reducing the height of each floor. In addition, there will be 265 living units and 125 parking spaces. Dunn projects that things will be finalized soon. Dunn said she hopes that Hayward Place will start “groundbreaking by the end of June.” A concern that a member of the Chinatown Neighborhood Council brought up was fear that all the rental units will ultimately become all condominiums. Dunn assures members that should not be a concern. Other concerns were around the initial agreement of a $23 million donation to BRA, where BRA was going to spend it towards the Boston schools. Dunn stated a $13 million installment has already been given and the other $10 million will be given soon. The meeting adjourned on a good note for all attending members. Everyone was pleased with the developmental direction of Hayward Place. The next meeting will be held on Monday March 21, 2011 at 6:00pm. Diana Li is a Sampan correspondent.
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A conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen By Cody Yiu Maxine Hong Kingston is one of the pathbreakers among Asian-American female writers. Gish Jen has also more recently gained recognition for her literary works. Bearing their dual minority status, breaking into the publishing world must have been quite a struggle. The Sampan joined Hong Kingston and Jen in their catch-up before they went on the stage to share their thoughts on the topic of “Immigrant in America,” a Civic Discourse series presented by the University and the Boston Athenæum on February 9. Sampan: When did the writing all start? Jen: I usually say the beginning was when I was an undergraduate. I was taking a poetry writing class…I really like the class. My professor said to me, “You know, I think you should be doing something with words.” But I was doing pre-med. It’s funny. It wasn’t even like I had my parents there saying, “You can’t do this.” I had completely internalized the idea that it was not something that somebody like me would do. I got very early encouragement, real encouragement. The professor said to me point-blank, “why are you pre-med?” It’s like I just got a C in calculus. From there, I slowly, slowly began to [start writing]. I didn’t write my first story until I was out of college. That professor got me a job in publishing, urging me once more to “at least do something with words.” He had called up his editor at Doubleday [Publishing House], and said, “I have a student.” It was just what was [considered a] legendary way [of getting a job in publishing]. Later I realized that they didn’t give that to everybody. And while I was at Doubleday, they would pay for courses. My first course was non-fiction writing. I received great encouragement. I had a group of friends who were into fiction. It was a lot of serendipity. Honestly, I think that my biggest obstacle was myself. Of course, my parents were an obstacle; my parents were as big of an obstacle as I was. And it took me a long time to go ahead and make the heap. Hong Kingston: Before I could write, I composed orally. Before I could write English, it was all Chinese. The first poem I spoke was about sang gong ah, sei gong ah (third grandpa, fourth grandpa in Chinese). My mother says I was born talking. I was saying stories, and I was saying poems, all in Chinese. But writing came to me when I learned the alphabet. It was such a wonderful revelation. I could write any sound with that alphabet. That was when I started writing. It was mostly poetry. I think it was in sixth grade when I started writing stories, prose. Then, it wasn’t until after college. During college, I couldn’t write. I think too much like an engineer. Critical thinking really seems to get into the way. So after college, I thought I was going to be a painter. So I spent some years painting and drawing. I think what happened that was I was working in composition, color and imagery and vision and perspective in a different medium…sort of like cross-training. And then the writing comes back after painting. I remembered on Lanai, this pineapple island, at a hotel room, facing the blank wall instead of the beautiful ocean. I started taking notes, not in sentences, what was important to say in The Woman Warrior? Jen: Was that what started The Woman Warrior? Hong Kingston: Yea. That was when it started. I have always been writing, except that mistake in engineering. It’s just a lifetime thing. Sometimes I think that to myself too…when did I start…and it goes as far as I can remember…two incarnations ago, I was writing. I write in every form. So I write poetry, non-fiction, fiction, stories and essays. I keep trying writing in every form because I am always trying to say the next thing that hasn’t been said yet. And by not saying it in the same way, I’ve already said it. Every book is a different form. Sampan: What inspires you to write? Jen: It’s a matter that there always seems to be something which has to be said, but has not been said. You just grab whatever form that you need….[There is this] internal pressure at first, like a burp or something… Hong Kingston: Sometimes I feel this immedi-
ate impulse. For example, defending Obama’s birth in America. Jen: Ohhh…that’s so outrageous. Hong Kingston: Yes! During the election, I wrote about Obama being from Hawaii. The values…and Hawaii being in him…I use Hawaiian words, I used Pidgin words… I know how he was raised in Hawaii among the various races and cultures. At the same time, our governor, Linda Lingle was travelling the country, telling everybody he was not Hawaiian. Jen: [Gasps] Hong Kingston: So I just had to write this. I kind of pictured it as an odd-end piece. It doesn’t have a form. But I couldn’t publish it anywhere. Nobody would publish it. Jen: Is that right? That’s unbelievable. Hong Kingston: So, I got the Huffington Post. So there I am, a blogger! Jen: A blogger! Hong Kingston: There is another form, out of necessity of what you just have to say and do. Jen: I just read something about the whole [Amy] Chua controversy. Hong Kingston: I know you did. Jen: Particularly I am looking at the online comments, which are so anti-Asian. They were talking about robots. You need to say something right…need to set something straight if you can. And in this case…clearly, is it the Chinese way? Of course, when people read that, for some people, they just worry about the parenting. A lot of other people are worried about China taking over the United States. You just had to ask, “Is this the Chinese way?” I mean, is she Chinese? What does that mean…Chinese? The question is much more complicated. Is there a Chinese way? The way she has brought her children up has no resemblance to the way I brought mine up, nor, I am sure, you did yours. It’s a desire…it’s a sense of responsibility. I wonder how much of the time there is a sense that you know something in the public discourse and you can see there is a piece of it that is missing. And you feel that it’s your responsibility to say something. Whatever that means, a blog or an article. There is a way in which we feel that we, ourselves as members of a minority….also have a kind of a special responsibility. Hong Kingston: Our responsibility to the constitution, our responsibility to the world, our responsibility to the environment, to art…. I often feel that I see things that other people don’t see. I want to bring them the news that this is going on. And this is the truth that’s happening. It’s the responsibility of a man-poet to be a woman. Responsibility – I feel that very strongly in everything I say. Jen: I do too. It is the appreciation of the special role that is given to you, to a lesser degree, me. But also, there is the desire to be away from that role. I was on vacation. I just took one look [at Chua’s article]. I was in the car with no cell phone service. Not to feel like I have to send my email on the top of the hill. It’s just not given to us. It’s a huge gift. In one way it’s a responsibility, in another way in which you feel very much part of the society. And I think for people who come from backgrounds who it’s not clear where your place is. Whenever you feel there is an obligation, you also feel like…I really belong here, this is really my home. You can never be on vacation from that. We are really part of the fabric of things. It’s a cool thing even though it does disrupt one’s vacation, from time to time. Hong Kingston: I remember that wonderful essay that you wrote which I clipped out and I read it again and again. It’s when you decided to be on hiatus from writing. You were going to quit… You said, “I am going to model sports for my children.” At the end of the essay, you could not give up the dialogue you have with the world. You had
to go back and participate. Jen: There is a burden to it, but there is a gift. It’s like somebody turned the music off. There is tendency maybe to see it in terms of the obligation and the burden of it. But it’s more complicated than that. Hong Kingston: When I started the book [I Love A Broad Margin To My Life], I was 65. Now that it is published, I am 70. When I finished the book, I had the sense that I had finished my life’s work. Yes, I felt it. I will just read you what I said, like the last lines: I wanted to write. That desire is going away. I’ve said what I have to say. I’ll stop, and look at things I called distractions. Become reader of the world, no more writer of it. Surely, world lives without me having to mind it. A surprise world! When I complete this sentence, I shall begin taking my sweet time to love the moment-to-moment beauty of everything. Everyone. Enow. But in a way, it may be like your essay. I was thinking of [Sidonie-Gabrielle] Colette. I think she was in her 80’s when she had that same thought. I have finished my life’s work. I had envied that, the privilege of living so long that you have told all your stories. And Colette felt to herself, what am I going to do with my hands? So then she took up needlepoint. I would like to be in that place. Maybe this is just a fantasy. After I had finished this [book], and after I had said that, I saw a psychic, and he told me I had two more books left. You should have seen the look on my face. I was sort of horrified. And then he said, “They’re going to be easy; they’re going to be fun. You will enjoy writing them. So who knows?” Jen: Maybe that really is the way you feel…or maybe it’s just the way an author feels at the end of a book. Here I am; I am only 55. But I’ve had that feeling that I am done. The final panel discussion event, titled “Children of Immigrants,” will be held at 6PM on March 15 at the Boston Athenaeum. For more information, please visit http:// bostonathenaeum.org/node/events/upcoming/all About Maxine Hong Kingston: Born October 27, 1940, in Stockton, California as Ting Ting Hong, Hong Kingston is the third of eight children. Her father, Tom, was a scholar and teacher in China, and became a manager of a gambling house and laundry worker in California. Her mother, Ying Lan Chew Hong was a practitioner of medicine and midwifery and laundry worker. Hong Kingston was named after a lucky blonde American gamester in her father’s gambling house. Hong Kingston graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in English in 1962. Hong Kingston has won several prestigious literary awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction as well as the 1981 National Book Award. Hong Kingston also received the 1997 National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton. A well-known political activist, Hong Kingston won a publishing award for editing the book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace in 2006. Her best-known works are The Woman Warrior and China Men, both nonfiction. About Gish Jen: Born Lillian Jen, Gish Jen was born in 1955 in Long Island, New York to Chinese immigrants. Her parents emigrated from China in the 1940s, her mother from Shanghai and her father from Yixing. Her nickname derived from the actress Lillian Gish. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in English and later attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of four novels and a book of short stories, including Typical American, a New York Times Notable Book which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Mona in the Promised Land, and The Love Wife. Her most recent book, World and Town, was released in 2010.
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Future leaders meet at Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations
By Natalie Ornell
Stephen Li, a student at Simon Fraser University in Canada, always dreamed of traveling to Boston to study at Harvard University or at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “My dream came true when HPAIR accepted me for the three-day conference,” Li said. Over four days last February, international students, from as far as South Korea and Australia, came together during the 20th anniversary of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) to examine the most pressing issues impacting Asia today. Each delegate lived with a Harvard student and attended dinners and an International student performance together. With the theme of "Looking Back, Forging Ahead: Asia in Pursuit of a Vibrant Future", the conference delegates discussed the domestic and international issues that arise from a country's development, the ways in which countries are reflecting on their histories and facing the issues, and their new expectations for the future
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could be their grandparent. While BCEC continues to sponsor the pick-up games, most of the people who come each week are not affiliated with the Church. Each Christmas and Easter, Chin would give invitations to attend Sunday service. He doesn’t proselytize; he just lets you know the Church is there for everyone. The Tuesday Night basketball games bring people from all over. Some come from Malden, Brookline, Quincy, and even Framingham. “I ask why do people come to Chinatown each week and try to find parking just to play basketball when they could play in their own local communities?” Chin says. The deeper reason is more than basketball because this is a safe and welcoming place for everyone regardless of age, talent, or skill. Through the years, people have come and gone but there are two constant mainstays – the Chin brothers Steven and Dennis -- who organize the event each week. During the day, Steven is a Senior Pastor at the Church and Dennis is the Operations Manager. For Pastor Steve, Chinatown is special place to him as is the Church. Chin was not raised as a Christian by his Toishanese parents until he was invited by his neighbors to a Baptist church in Cambridge. His parents owned a laundry in Harvard Square but every week they would come to Chinatown for groceries and Chin attended the Kwong Kow Chinese School. When he went to college at New York University, he found it difficult to find a good church. Eventually, he learned of a small storefront Chinese church in New York’s Chinatown that was an hour-and-half away from NYU’s engineering school in the Bronx. After graduating from college, Chin returned to Boston in 1974 and worked as a planner for the Department of Public Health while volunteering for BCEC. His initial impressions of BCEC were negative as the Church was renting space from the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter, and the stench was overpowering. Also, there was not much of an English ministry and the young people found the bilingual services long and boring. In 1977, through the insistence of Pastor Tan, Chin was hired as Assistant to the Pastor. His initial roles included being janitor, secretary, and
ahead. Asia’s rising economy in the world was a hot topic this year. Conference attendees also explored areas including foreign policy, public health, environmentalism, media diplomacy, entrepreneurship and investigated these issues in panels and seminars featuring some of the most distinguished figures in their respective fields. Steven Miller, Editor-in-chief of International Security and Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center spoke about the rise of nuclear power and its implications in Asia. Jackie Pang, currently Phoenix TV Senior Financial news correspondent on Wall Street, joined the Media Diplomacy panel for a discussion on national image and the rise of new media. This was the second year Shen Shiran, a junior at Swarthmore College from Beijing, China, attended the conference. Shiran emphasized that HPAIR offers a “fantastic platform for facilitating intellectual discussion” and provides a unique opportunity for networking with future leaders in Asian and International Rela-
youth director. Bobby Chin, who was born in Chinatown and grew up in the South End, has been playing at the Josiah Quincy School gym since 1974 when the school first opened. His cousin, Neil Chin, had played an instrumental part in getting the Quincy School built. “This was the newest and best gym that was nearby. All my friends were hanging out there when it first opened. I was 16 at the time when a cousin told me about the Church games and I started playing with Steve,” Chin says. Bobby still comes every Tuesday from Quincy but he brings his sons along including Mike, who is 32, and can still hit a jump shot. Others that came to play ball include Chau-ming Lee, who is now Executive Director of the Asian American Civic Association, Victor Ng, former candidate for Quincy City Council, and Tom Lee, Pastor for BCEC in the Newton branch. Organizing and maintaining the Tuesday night games for over 30-years was not always easy. As generations of players moved on due to age, family, or professional careers, there were times when the sound of basketballs clanging off rims almost ended. In 1986, Philip Gregory Wong wrote a letter to the Church asking for help to pay a debt of $185 to the Quincy School. In 2003, attendance was so dismal that the Church was running a deficit each month. However, through word of mouth and emails, an infusion of new people came. As Bobby Chin proclaims, “All of the other players that were there when I started might be gone and we don’t play like we used to. But Steve is still Steve and as long as Steve keeps Tuesday night basketball going, I’ll always have a reason to play there.” “There aren’t many places for older guys like me to play at. We can’t jump, we can’t shoot, but we have a desire to play basketball. We wouldn’t be welcomed at other places,” Pastor Steve says. “But here, we don’t reject anyone.” Kye Liang is a Sampan contributor.
Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations Media Diplomacy delegates take photo with Harvard Kennedy School of Government Professors Nolan Bowie and Richard Parker (in front from left to right) after a discussion on new media. (Photo by Natalie Ornell)
tions. “I am glad that I was able to hear different perspectives on the many opportunities and dilemmas faced by Asia, which I found to be intellectually stimulating, and made many international friends who share the same interests at the conference,” she said. Harvard graduate Jay Koh co-founded HPAIR twenty years ago, an entirely student run and organized conference. Since then he has served as a law clerk to the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter, and has gone on to work for an investment firm before joining Overseas Private Investment Corporation as the Chief Financial Officer. “HPAIR was conceived on the back of a napkin,” he said during the conference opening comments which included also comments from Asia Expert Ezra Vogel. Koh said he and his friends sat inside Pinocchio’s Pizza in Harvard Square,
sketching out a vision for a conference that would go beyond the United States and Europe, involve Asian and International Relations, and focus on discussion on substantive immediate issues. Koh noted that more than 8,000 people have attended the conference from around the world and that he hopes the delegates will one day meet again to make decisions that will impact the future. The HPAIR closing ceremony was held at the Ritz Carlton Boston where the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki, Consul-General of the Republic of Turkey Murat Lűtem, and Harvard University Professor Dr. Arthur Kleinman offered concluding remarks. Natalie Ornell is a Sampan correspondent.
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her adolescent development that planted the seeds of her eventual career path. “We had meatloaf or something, and the parents were going to put out dessert,” she said. “I don’t remember the friend, but I remember the dinner— which says something, don’t you think?—Anyway, my friend asked me, ‘Do you eat Chinese food every day?’ and I said, ‘No, I eat regular food.’ I didn’t realize not everyone had rice and stir-fried vegetables with each meal.” Once she appreciated the world of food available for her to try, teenaged Chang savored the chances to sneak Oreos and Twinkies during visits to her friends’ houses. By age 16 she was making chocolate chip cookies fairly frequently. Nevertheless, her parents’ goals for her prevailed, and Chang traveled to Boston to attend Harvard, where she graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics and began working for the Monitor Group as a consultant. “At the end of your second year at Monitor, you usually either go to business school or move up in the company,” Chang said. “I wasn’t in a position to move up, but an MBA didn’t appeal.” Indeed, as she writes in the introduction to her cookbook, “One of my responsibilities was running the undergraduate recruiting effort. I interviewed hundreds of students for our entry-level consultant position and my opening question, created to break the ice and put anxious students at ease, was ‘What would you do with your life if you won the lottery?’ Inevitably, I started thinking about my own response to that question. And the answer was easy: I would spend my days cooking and baking. I was always dreaming about food, especially pastries, and how I could make them taste more delicious.” Therefore, instead of following the path laid out for her, Chang decided to take a bold risk and try her hand as a cook. “I sent letters to the top chefs in Boston at thetime—Lydia Shire, Jody Adams, Todd English, Gordon Hamersley—explaining that I loved to cook and bake, had absolutely no experience or formal training, and was willing to start in any position to work in one of their restaurants,” she writes. “Lydia… interviewed me one day and called to hire me the next. Two weeks later, I traded my suit and pumps for a chef’s coat and clogs and started as a bar food cook … My first day, the sous chef asked me to julienne something for her, and I stammered, ‘Whwhat’s ‘julienne?’” By the end of the year, when Chang’s interest in pastry was moving to the forefront, and she was encouraged her to apply to the well-respected Bentonwood Bakery in
Newton. “It was then that I know this was what I should be doing,” Chang told the BCNC audience. “I had liked my job at Monitor. But I loved this. I even loved being yelled at because it meant I could improve!” When the bakery closed down, she moved to a job at the Rialto restaurant in Cambridge. “About halfway through the interview process, it became clear that the position was for head pastry chef. I had some major doubts, because I only had two years of experience, but [Chef] Jody Adams and I connected and she said, ‘I’ve wanted to get more involved. We’ll work hand in hand. We’ll do it together.’…But I was still worried, was it going to be over my head? And it was, but it was the right kind of ‘over your head,’ the kind that pushes you to do better.” Chang later moved to New York City to learn French pastry from François Payard (a period she refers to as “pastry boot camp”) before moving back to Boston to complete plans for the first Flour Bakery, which eventually opened over 10 years ago in the then yet-to-be-gentrified South End. Chang found a condo above the bakery, came downstairs every morning at 3 am to bake for the day, and felt like all her dreams had been achieved. There was only one issue: after four or five years, during which the bakery was wildly embraced, Chang had what she called a “great problem”—too many devoted staff. “I had sworn I would never open more than one bakery because I wouldn’t be able to put my heart and soul into them both, but I needed to give these people who had been with me from the beginning a challenge, a way to move up and grow,” she said at BCNC. So she opened a second location in Fort Point, near the Children’s Museum, then more recently a third in Cambridge near MIT and a restaurant called Myers and Chang on the outskirts of Chinatown. “This expansion has allowed me to offer opportunities to my longtime staff and to spread what we call ‘flour love’, offering great pastries in a supportive environment that translates to great customer service.” Such expansion does not come easily. Ever since Chang won a head-to-head competition baking sticky buns against celebrity chef Bobby Flay in 2007, she has gotten a steady stream of advice and business offers to expand far beyond the Boston area. Asked about the possibility of such expansion by an audience member at BCNC, Chang shook her head. “I never imagined even having more than one bakery,” she confessed. “So I won’t say no. But what people don’t see is that having one bakery meant it was really personal and manageable for me.
Dumpling Café=Soup Dumplings By Anna Ing
here, so it is more for bragging rights. But be careful of the small cartilage. Since last fall, Dumpling Cafe joined It is fun to also try the Grilled Chicken the Chinatown food scene (695 WashSkin ($2.95), which is rarely seen in ington Street, Boston). A faux terra Boston. Finally the Taiwan style braised cotta warrior at the entrance with a red eggplant ($9.95) is a perfect blend of scarf welcomes you. Everyone from the slightly spicy sweet sauce with pleashostess to the waitstaff is very helpful antly soft eggplant, a great combination and efficient. Perusing the whole dining with plain white rice. Dumpling Cafe is room, a bamboo steamer is seen on definitely worth a visit, eager to serve every table. A must have dish is none all customers and even late night snackother than the mini buns juicy with ers until 2am. pork and crabmeat filling ($6.50 for 6) or xiaolong bao aka soup dumplings. Anna Ing is a Sampan contributor To the novice, you must carefully lift the plump dumpling with your spoon without puncturing it. Then carefully nip the top before gingerly slurping the hot, rich, delicious and flavorful broth that doesn't need the accompanying dipping sauce. Finish by eating the lovely crab and pork contents left in the dumpling. By far, this is the best Start your subscription today! xiaolong bao around and the secret is Visit www.sampan.org and out. click on Next comes the oyster pancake with ÒSUBSCRIBE to our gravy ($5.95), which is a delicious egg PRINT EDITION.Ó and starch pancake studded with a Or call (617)426-9492 x206. generous portion of oysters and slathered with a slightly sweet red sauce atop some greens. Another interesting Taiwanese street food for the adventurous eater is the grilled duck tongues Taiwanese Style ($5.95). Four skewers holding four marinated duck tongues each. Obviously there is not much to eat
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Even now I get to all three of my locations every other day…People say, ‘You should move to Wellesley, there’d be a great market for you there.’ But how could I replicate the quality? They want me to clone instead of copy, and that’s difficult. The idea of going to a Flour in, say, Miami and seeing something I’m not proud of... there’s only one me. I’m not saying my way is the only way, but my way is the Flour way.” The ‘Flour way’ also involves meticulously choosing locations that foster a close community centered around the bakery “For me Harvard Square, Downtown Crossing, and Newbury Street aren’t that appealing,” Chang explained. “In our locations, the customers know us and we know them. But in places like that you end up with all these tourists, people who don’t know the difference between you and Starbucks... We want to give good service, and we don’t want it to go to waste on the average tourist who doesn’t care where he ends up.” The BCNC engagement ended with Chang signing copies of her cookbook, which is already in its third printing. “I wrote it to share love of pastry, to show how doable, manageably, fun pastry can be,” she explained. “For example, I got an e-mail from a young woman who had made brioche au chocolat for her mother’s birthday and her mom cried because she never thought her daughter could do that. The Chinatown community has embraced Chang, who now lives in the area, professes a love for local cuisine, and is even a member of the Chinatown YMCA. That mutual affection was clear from the turnout (BCNC’s Carmen Chan called the event “definitely our most successful yet”) and from the line that snaked out the door as locals and more far-flung Boston Flour fans alike waited patiently to take home a little bit of “Flour love.” “I like her pragmatic approach,” commented Jean, a Flour fan and BCNC board as she waited to get her book signed. “I’m not a big sweets person, but it’s great to hear her speak on a personal level,” added Kim from South Boston (neither woman wishes to provide her last name.) “The oranges on the table—that’s totally my family.” Alissa Greenberg is a Sampan correspondent.
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CLASSIFIED / HOUSING PUDDING HILL DEVELOPMENT at SouthField Two 3BR Townhomes at $318,400
AFFORDABLE UNITS FOR AGE RESTRICTED ADULT HOMEBUYERS 1300 SQ. FEET LIVING SPACE
92% EFFICIENT GAS HEAT
2 BEDROOMS - 2 BATHS
ONE LEVEL LIVING DESIGN
FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM
OUTSIDE PRIVATE DECK OR PATIO
WALK IN CLOSETS
ONE CAR GARAGE
“GREEN” BUILDING STANDARDS
Applicants must meet income guidelines of $45,100/one person: $51,550/two persons and an asset limit of $75,000. (There is a $200,000 waiver if you now own a home.) With this lottery we will also establish a waiting list and as units become available, we will match the next eligible purchaser with the next unit available. All residents must be 55 years or older to qualify. Eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery. 70% preference will be given to people living or working in Marshfield. Applications will be available at the Marshfield Housing Authority 12 Tea Rock Gardens, Marshfield MA 02050. Tel. # 1-781-834-4333.
South Weymouth, MA www.IBGDesignBuild.com www.SouthField.com The Meadows is a Townhome development located on Parkview Street in the newly redeveloped South Weymouth Naval Air Station. There are 9 Townhomes currently scheduled for construction. Two of these Townhomes are being offered at a discounted price to eligible households through a lottery process. The resale restriction (i.e. discounted price) on these two homes is removed after 5 years and the owners can then sell their home for fair market value. The homes have 3BR, 2.5 Bathrooms, 1,865 sq ft and feature an impressive open plan with six distinctive rooms. The main level offers a stunning and expansive great room with deck that flows effortlessly from kitchen and dining area; a central gathering place perfect for family and friends. A private living, dining or study room is offered and can be tailored to meet your specific needs. A beautifully finished lower level recreation room has direct access from the grand foyer or two-car garage while the upper level offers three full bedrooms. Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
An informational session will be held at the Council on Aging, Senior Center
WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M.
at 230 Webster Street, Marshfield. A Deed Restriction will be applied to all of these units, as these units must be maintained in perpetuity for applicants who are income & asset qualified. Applicants should be pre-approved for a mortgage. We will also keep list open for future lotteries. All applications are due before noon ON MARCH 25, 2011 (FRIDAY)
Minimum Income Limit $45,100 $51,550 $58,000 $64,400 $69,600 $74,750
Maximum Income Limit $ 77,160 $ 88,200 $ 99,240 $ 110,160 $ 119,040 $ 127,800
A Public Info Session will be held on March 30th, 2011 at 7 pm at the SouthField Welcome Center. Completed Applications and Required Income Documentationmust be delivered, not postmarked, by April 21st, 2011.
at MARSHFIELD HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Lottery will be held on May 4th, 2011 in the SouthField Welcome Center.
12 TEA ROCK GARDENS, MARSHFIELD, MA 02050 TEL: 781-834-4333.
For Lottery Information and Applications for the lottery, go to www.s-e-b.com/lottery or call (617) 782-6900 And Leave A Message. Applications and Information also available at the SouthField Welcome Center on 223 Shea Memorial Drive in South Weymouth (M 10-5, Th 10-6, F 10-5, Sa 10-4, Sun 12-4). Details on the Townhomes can be found at IBGdesignbuild.com Details on the entire SouthField community can be found at www.SouthField.com
No applications will be accepted after that time.
Selling price will be $158,200.
The Lottery for this development will be held at the Marshfield Council On Aging WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. Affordable Rental Opportunity Southgate 140 Grand Street, Worcester, MA 01603 25 Units # of units 3 19 3
Unit Type One Bedroom Two Bedroom Three Bedroom
Rent $766 to $853 $932 to $1,025 $1109 to $1,223
“Family and friends are welcome!” –Jim and Jackie Torri, Erickson Living® residents
Income Limit 30% & 60% AMI 30%, 50% & 60% AMI 50% & 60% AMI
Whether it’s a big family event or a few friends to dinner—our two bedroom homes are ideal for entertaining!
Maximum Income Per Household Size HH Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
30% AMI 16800 19200 21600 23950 25900 27800
50% AMI 28000 32000 36000 39950 43150 46350
Learn more about our retirement lifestyle. Call 1-800-701-6943 for your free Guide to Erickson Living at Linden Ponds.
60%AMI 33600 38400 43200 47900 51780 55620
Rental Rates and Income Limits Are Subject To Change
Bedroom 10’10” x 12’4”
Applications may be picked up in person or mailed from Southgate, 47 Camp Street, Worcester, MA 01603: Saturday, 3/5/2011, 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday, 3/7 – 3/11, 2011, 10am – 4 pm Tuesday, 3/8/2011 10am – 8 pm An informational meeting will be held on 3/8/2011 at 6pm at 47 Camp Street.
Living Area 13’7” x 20’9”
DW Bedroom 11’10” x 12’10” Linen
Deadline for completed applications at the above address:
In person by 4pm, Monday, 3/28/2011 or by mail postmarked by 3/28/2011.
Selection by lottery. Use and occupancy restrictions apply. Southgate has a Smoke Free Policy. Three units are accessible/adaptable. Preference for these units is given to households with disability(ies) living in an institution or at risk of institutionalization (per Community Based Housing Guidelines).
Equal Housing Opportunity
For more information or reasonable accommodations, please call Joseph Salvia, Maloney Properties, Inc., at (781) 943-0200, Ext# 233, U.S. Relay # 711.
Kitchen 10’10” x 8’1”
All Dimensions are approximate - NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION - For Information Only
Linden Ponds values diversity. We welcome all faiths, races and ethnicities, and housing opportunities are available for low and moderate income households.
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March 11, 2011 Health
Getting started with physical activity
No matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re in, physical activity can do a lot for you. If you’re interested in becoming more active, these steps will help you get ready for a routine that’s safe and enjoyable. - Have a checkup and find out which activities will be safe for you. - Choose what you’ll do for your routine and make detailed plans. - Find out how physical activity can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels. - Learn how to avoid low blood glucose and what to do if it happens. - Plan how to have water, snacks, and treatment for low blood glucose available. - Arrange a way to carry medical identification.
Have a checkup
Start by seeing your health care provider for a check of your heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, feet, and nervous system. If the tests show signs of disease, your health care provider can recommend physical activities that will help you but won’t make your conditions worse. For example, if your feet are numb, you might not notice blisters or other injuries. In that case, swimming may be better for you than walking because you’ll be less likely to injure your feet.
Choose what you’ll do and make plans
After you talk with your health care team about activities that are best for you, think about what you’d like to do. First think of ways to be more active throughout the day. For example, you could take the stairs instead of the elevator. You’ll also benefit by including these kinds of activities:
Think of ways to be more active throughout the day - aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, swimming, or dancing - strength training, such as lifting light weights -flexibility exercises, such as stretching Choose things you enjoy, such as walking with a friend or a dance aerobics class. Try to make your plans realistic and achievable. For example, if you don’t have time to walk for 30 minutes at a time, plan on walking for 10 minutes after
each meal. If you haven’t been very active recently, start slowly and add more activity gradually. Your health care team can show you how to warm up before your workout and cool down and stretch afterward.
Find out how activity affects blood glucose levels Physical activity usually lowers blood glucose levels. That’s why you’ll want to check your glucose levels before you exercise. If your blood glucose is below 100 mg/dl, have a small carbohydrate snack such as fruit or crackers. However, if your blood glucose is high (above 300 mg/ dl) even before you exercise, physical activity can make it go even higher. That’s when you’ll want to be cautious about doing something active. For those with type 1 diabetes, if your fasting glucose level is above 250 mg/dl and you have ketones in your urine, it’s best to avoid physical activity. Talk with your health care team about whether to exercise when your blood glucose is high. You can get to know how various activities affect your blood glucose by checking your levels before and after exercise and keeping track of your results.
Learn all about low blood glucose
Low blood glucose, also called hypoglycemia, can occur during or after physical activity, even chores like shoveling snow or raking the leaves. If your blood glucose is below 100 mg/dl before physical activity, have a snack. During activity, check your blood glucose if you notice symptoms of low blood glucose such as hunger, nervousness, shakiness, or sweating. If it’s 70 mg/dl or below, follow these treatment guidelines to bring it back up to a safer range: - Have one of these items right away to raise your blood glucose: - 2 to 5 glucose tablets 1⁄2 cup (4 ounces) of fruit juice - 1⁄2 cup (4 ounces) of a regular (not diet) soft drink - 8 ounces of milk - 5 to 7 pieces of hard candy 2 teaspoons of sugar or honey -After 15 minutes, check your blood glucose again. If it’s still below 70 mg/dl, have another serving. -Repeat these steps until your blood glucose is at least 70 mg/dl.
By Michael C. Tow
The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories The Executive Committee of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) is seeking applications for membership to fill three positions on the Community Liaison Committee (CLC). Membership terms are for two years. The CLC is comprised of six members whose role is to provide outreach and feedback to facilitate communication and information flow between the NEIDL and the community and to ensure transparency in the activities of the laboratory. CLC members meet monthly and serve on a volunteer basis for staggered two-year terms. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply. To get an application or for more information, contact Carla Richards, Director, Community Relations Boston University Medical Campus 85 East Newton Street, M-425, Boston, MA 02118. Phone: 617-638-8627 Fax: 617-638-8044 E-Mail: email@example.com You may also download the application or apply online at: www.bu.edu/neidl
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 PM, FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011 TO BE CONSIDERED
Plan what things to take with you You’ll be ready for anything by having water and snacks handy during activity. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after physical activity to keep hydrated. And always carry a source of carbohydrate, such as glucose tablets, to treat low blood glucose if it happens. You’ll want to protect yourself in case of emergency by wearing a medical identification bracelet or necklace or attaching a medical ID tag to your shoes or clothes. You also may want to carry another form of identification during exercise, such as a wallet card.
What I need to do to get started with physical activity Get started by choosing something to do today. Place a check mark next to each step after you’ve done it. If you have a question for your doctor about something, place a question mark next to it and take this list to your next office visit. -I’ve had a checkup with my doctor. -I’ve learned which activities will be safe for me. -I’ve thought of ways to be more active during the day. -I’ve chosen ways to do aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercises. -I’ve made a specific, realistic plan for each type of activity. -I know how physical activity can affect my blood glucose levels. -I know how to avoid low blood glucose and what to do if it happens. -I know when to avoid exercise. -I’m prepared to carry glucose tablets or other sources of sugar to treat low blood glucose. -I have a form of medical ID to wear or carry. Source: American Diabetes Association
Article funded through the Asian Health Initiative of Tufts Medical Center
Following the herd
important this money is to them. Now, the market keeps dropping and they are startHave you heard of “Herd” behavior in ing to really get nervous. They can’t sell animals? This is the phenomenon where now because it would be such a big loss to animals of the same species will act torealize, so they wait it out. gether and react the same way without coThat’s when the bottom falls out of the ordination. When an animal is threatened, market. The same friends and colleagues he has more perceived safety and protecwho used to talk about how much money tion from the herd. When the predator they were making are now surprisingly attacks, the chances for any one individual silent. The front page of the newspapers animal to be a victim is greatly reduced. read “Stock market Armageddon!” CNBC Herd mentality, however, is not just constantly run special features on previisolated to animals. In fact, individual ous market crashes and so called experts investors are extremely prone to these are calling for the next depression. The reactions when it comes to investing. individual investor finally can’t take it When the stock market is at the begin- anymore! They’ve lost so much already ning of a bullish cycle, it usually goes but they don’t want to lose it all so they unnoticed and most people are unaware. jump ship with the rest of the herd and As the market continues to do well, sell everything. individual investors start to notice more This, of course, is when markets botbut they still feel skeptical. When the tom out and are usually at the near lows market’s upward movement is prolonged, of the market. this is when they hear from friends and There have been many examples of coworkers on how well they are doing in this, such as the most recent internet the market. Newspaper, TV and radio talk bubble and subsequent crash and the about how good the market is doing. The “next great depression” of 2008. individual investors now feel like they are Peter Lynch, one of the greatest fund missing out on the party and they finally managers of all time, managed the Fidelity take the plunge with the rest of the herd. Magellan from 1978 to 1990. During his Usually, the initial amount is smaller to tenure, the fund returned over 29% per test the waters. As they watch the small year! Even so, he said that he believed that amount grow, they then feel confident and most individuals lost money in his fund. good about themselves. They like being How is this possible? That’s because indiin the Herd and now they are the ones viduals fell into the herd mentality. People telling others of their good fortune. This is bought when things were high, panicked when they usually invest more substantial then sold when things were low. amounts of money. How do you avoid making investing Sure enough, this is usually near the mistakes due to Herd Mentality? In the end of the cycle. As the market starts to next issue we will discuss the strategies to pull back, individual investors don’t mind keep your portfolio safe….from yourself. because they feel the market will rebound If you have a question or topic that you right back. Unfortunately, the market would like me to discuss in a future article does not come back and only continues please email me at mtow@newbostonfito drop. Now, the individual investors nancial.com. start to worry. If they had stayed with the Michael Tow is a Certified Financial initial modest amount they could finanPlanner. He can be reached at 617-734cially weather through it, but with the 4400 or www.newbostonfinancial.com additional larger buys, they realize how
March 11, 2011
CLASSIFIED / HOUSING
Burton F. Faulkner Tower
FSBO:6/2/1 Bungalow in N. Quincy
25 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 617 628-2119
Four houses from Wollaston Beach, partial ocean views, nice location. Gas heat, deleaded, fireplace, front porch, driveway and private small yard. Low taxes; (2010 $3,440.00) Asking $299K. No Brokers. JIM (617)479-9916
Section 8 subsidized housing for elderly and handicapped. 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, some wheelchair adapted. All apartments have fully appliance kitchens, wall-to-wall carpets, A/C, tiled baths, recessed patios and more. Modern 12 story building located on bus line, steps away from Central Public Library. Apartments available on an open occupancy basis. Waiting list maintained. Call for an application and eligibility requirements weekday mornings.
PRELIMINARY APPLICATION AND LENDER PRE-QUALIFICATION DUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND BY Friday, April 1, 2011 FOR INCLUSION IN LOTTERY For application and information regarding this project, and to sign onto Brookline’s email list for timely notification of future affordable housing opportunities, go to www.brooklinema.gov/housing/currentopportunities/ call (617) 730-2090, or visit Planning Dept., Room 309, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, and Brookline public libraries It is unlawful to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, familial status, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, veteran’s status, national origin or ancestry.
PINE OAKS VILLAGE PHASES 1 AND 2 61 JOHN NELSON WAY, HARWICH, MA 02645 ACCEPTING APLLICATIONS FOR PLACEMENT ON WAIT LIST Pine Oaks Village is sponsored by MidCape Church Homes, Inc. Phase 1 is an apartment community designed for elderly (62 and over) persons. Phase 2 is designed elderly (62 and over) and also for disabled persons who may be under 62. Phases 1 is subsidized by the HUD Section 8 Program. Phase 2 is subsidized by the USDA Rural Development Rental Assistance Program. Most residents pay 30% of their adjusted annual income for rent. Some residents may pay more than 30% based on availability of subsidy and income.
VERY LOW $27,400 $31,300
PHASE 2 INCOME LIMITS: 1 Person 2 Persons
VERY LOW $27,400 $31,300
In Haverhill MA., is accepting applications for the WAITING LIST for 2 and 4 bedroom apartments. Applications will be available on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday March 30, 2011 from 9:30 till noon and 1:30 pm till 4:00 pm in the Management Office. Applicants must meet HUD and MassHousing eligibility requirements regarding income and family composition. Managed by SHP Management Corp.
monthly condo fees and taxes estimated at a total of $114
PHASE 1 INCOME LIMITS: 1 person 2 Persons
Equal Housing Opportunity
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
for first-time homebuyers who require three bedrooms, have good credit, and have combined gross household income below the indicated maximums: maximum income
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE JOIN US Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main St Hyannis, Wed March 30, 5:30 -orDennis Public Library, 5 Hall St, Dennis Port, Sat April 2, 11:00 or call for more info – 508-430-4499 x3 Applications due Friday April 15, 2011
978-373-9571 TTY/TDD – Dial 711
(16-unit market-rate development located near Route 9 and the Chestnut Hill commercial area)
In order to qualify your household income must not exceed: $43,800 - household of one $62,550 - household of four $50,050 - household of two $67,600 - household of five $56,300 - household of three $72,600 - household of six ***other requirements may apply***
515 Hadley West Drive Haverhill, MA 01832
NEW, AFFORDABLE 3 - BEDROOM CONDOS FOR SALE FOR $193,000 at 310 Hammond Pond Parkway, Brookline
The Cape Cod Commission is currently accepting applications for its Regional Ready Renter List. This list currently covers the Towns of Barnstable, Chatham, Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth. This is a list used when there are available rentals in smaller rental developments, accessory apartments, “shop top housing” (rentals on top of retail stores) and other scattered availabilities. Rental Rates and Income Qualification will vary depending on projects; all rents will be affordable, maximums incomes listed below, some projects may target lower incomes:
HADLEY WEST APARTMENTS
Equal Housing Opportunity Handicapped Accessible
no. of persons in family
LOW $43,800 $50,050
Pine Oaks Village Phases 1 and 2 are beautifully landscaped communities close to beaches, shops, doctors, churches, police and fire stations and public transportation. All units are ground level. Interested parties may call (508) 432-9611 or TDD 1-800-545-1833 x 132 or may write to the address listed above. THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER.
Barrows Brook Village Kingston Aﬀordable Housing Five 3BR, 2.5 bathroom single family homes: $187,400 Your Total Monthly Housing Costs* are only $1,400 (approx.)!!! *Total Monthly Housing Costs are the estimated sum of a your mortgage payment (30 year, ﬁxed rate), your monthly real-estate taxes, insurance and Home Owners Association Fees Barrows Brook Village is a new development in Kingston, where you get all the privacy of a single family home with all the conveniences of a condominium. Barrows Brook Village will consist of 56 single family homes set in the most private and distinctive piece of property on the South Shore. There will be a total of 14 aﬀordable homes sold at aﬀordable prices to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. Five of these homes are being oﬀered through this lottery.
The Maximum Income Limits for Households are as follows: 1 Person - $45,100 2 Person - $51,550 3 Person - $58,000 4 Person - $64,400 5 Person - $69,600 6 Person - $74,750 Households cannot have more than $75,000 in assets. For more information on the Development, the Units or the Lottery and Application Process, please visit: www.s-e-b.com/lottery or call 617.782.6900. For more information on the development please visit www.BarrowsBrookVillage.com Applications and Information available at the Kingston Public Library on 6 Green St (open Mon 1pm-8pm; Tue-Thu 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-5pm) A Public Information Session will be held on March 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm in the Kingston Town Hall (26 Evergreen St). The lottery will be held on April 27th, 2011 Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be delivered, not postmarked, by April 15th, 2011